Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The 1885 World Series: Game Five

The fifth game of the series between the champions of the League and American Association was played at Pittsburg Oct. 22. The weather was cold and not over 500 people were present. The Chicagos won easily [9-2] through superior batting and fielding. At the end of the seventh inning the game was called on account of darkness.
-Sporting Life, October 28, 1885

This series between St. Louis and Chicago simply failed to capture the imagination of the press and public. The St. Louis Globe-Democrat didn't even mention the score of this particular game. While I understand that these were really nothing more than exhibition games, the fact that a St. Louis/Chicago baseball game couldn't get any ink in a major St. Louis newspaper that was known for its baseball coverage is strange.

I couldn't find a box score for this game in a format that I could post, which speaks to the lack of coverage that these games received. Dalrymple and Anson were the hitting stars for Chicago, with five hits between them. Anson also had a triple. St. Louis committed seven errors and gave up eight unearned runs.

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